Criticism without all the facts

An undeniable certainty is that humans will complain.

When we get angry we whine, gripe and rant to anyone who will listen. Our fingers run to social media to trumpet the injustice to the world. It’s a disease as old as time (Genesis 3:9-13).

Victimhood is the easiest garment to wear because it feels so warm and comfortable. It molds to our shape and empowers us to boldness. It assails and flays anyone who wrongs us in any conceivable way.

Sadly, though, rationality and full disclosure aren’t required. Usually, the loudest complaints are from the least informed.

Parents make decisions that upset their children. But the parents possess information and experience that their offspring don’t have. Furthermore, employees likely don’t have all the information that their employer has at their disposal.

Presidents make decisions stemming from classified information. We don’t know all the deals, alliances and repercussions of national defense or security decisions. We just have to hope they’re wisely made.

Leaders in a congregation will take a sound course of action based on a variety of factors and future plans that they’re not yet ready to announce. So when the members start griping it’s because they don’t know the bigger picture.

Of course, we do the same with God. When we pray we want immediate action. Yet, God has countless factors to work through as he accomplishes his will. Providence is the most complex thing in the universe.

We need to have faith in the Lord (Hebrews 11:6). With humanity, we sometimes need to reserve judgment and try to see things from another person’s perspective. Thankfully, not everyone is going to think like we do.

We need to be content with more things (Philippians 4:11) and realize that we can’t force the entire world to conform to our preferences.

Humble wisdom is the only way we will learn to think properly so we can see the bigger picture. The world is more complex than many realize. Sadly, nothing is more self-confident than ignorance.

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